SK News Point-Live Cricket News-2nd January 2017

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Updated: 02 January 2017 22:24 IST - Published: January, 02 2017 09:40 AM IST
Sussex cricketer looses car and gear in heist 
Laurie Evans, a Sussex County cricketer, had a nightmarish start to the new year. He had put up his car for sale and was showing it to a potential buyer who hoodwinked him and made a quick getaway with the car.

The cricketer owned a Black Mercedes e-class BL65RYF and had advertised it for sale. He'd received a call from a prospective buyer who subsequently came over to check out the vehicle. 

When Evans was showing the man his car, the buyer requested to get a feel of the vehicle from behind the wheel. And just as he got to the driver's seat, the man turned the ignition on and sped away with the car.

Evan did give chase but in vain.

Evan is a right-hand batsman and had just signed a contract a three-year contract with Sussex County Cricket Club. He has five first-class hundreds and averages 34 with the bat from 54 matches.

The car was worth GBP 24,995. And it wasn't just the car that he lost; in the car was all his cricketing gear and shirts signed by his former Warwickshire teammates.

All that Evans could manage thereafter was send out a Tweet - "Just had my car stolen in front of my eyes in Surrey. Black Mercedes e-class BL65RYF. Please keep an eye out."

BCCI has lost face, Ganguly could be an apt BCCI head, says Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian skipper and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that the entire episode around the BCCI and the Supreme Court has only tarnished the reputation of the Indian Board.

"The BCCI has lost face internationally after this entire saga," Gavaskar told to NDTV. 

He also added that Indian cricket could now be stepping into a new era. The former legend sounded optimistic about the future as he believed that the participation of players in administration bodes well for Indian cricket. 

When asked to name one cricketer who could take the board forward, Gavaskar was quick to name former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly. 

"BCCI has got a very good bench strength to take up the bigger rolls and one name that comes to my mind is Sourav Ganguly," Gavaskar said. 

The former batting maestro spoke about the 1999-2000 match-fixing scenario and the role Ganguly played in bringing the team together as a captain. 

"Remember, in 1999-2000 when Indian cricket was gripped by the match-fixing saga, Ganguly was given the Indian team captaincy and he turned it around," the Mumbai maestro added. 

Leg-side fields at MCG was 'all my mistake', says Yasir Shah

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has come out and said that the much-criticised leg side field at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was all his fault. He also conceded that he bowled bad lines all throughout the Test match. 

"I think I bowled too many full tosses and short balls," Yasir was quoted by Fox Sports. 

"I'm working in the nets to bowl in one channel and improve my action. At the MCG because of the rain, there were no dry patches and not enough rough to work with," he further added. 

Earlier captain Misbah-ul-Haq came under heavy fire for this defensive fields and his inability to use Yasir as a wicket-taking option. The Australian batsmen ran away with the game in the second innings and scored at a breezy clip. 

Pakistan trail the 3-match series 2-0 and go into the final Test match in Sydney under extreme pressure. The team management is also considering including 18-year old spinner  Mohammad Asghar for the final Test match, as the Sydney pitch is expected to favour the spinners. 

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